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Four-Legged Friends: Dogs look after man's health
Fredericksburg.com ^ | 3-1-2010 | Edie Gross

Posted on 03/12/2010 10:57:53 AM PST by solosmoke

Bill Setzer lay in his bed, sweaty and disoriented.

He'd been napping. But now, his two pit bulls, Mara and Moby, wouldn't let him be.

Mara was furiously licking Setzer's face. And Moby was repeatedly crashing his 70-pound frame into the man, in a frantic attempt to wake him.

Setzer blinked. His vision was blurry. He felt lousy.

The 63-year-old Stafford man, who has Type 2 diabetes, reached for the blood sugar meter on his bedside table, pricked his finger and read the numbers on the screen: 29. A normal blood sugar level ranges between 70 and 140. Setzer took a glucose pill, which eventually raised his blood sugar level. But if the dogs hadn't woken him that December afternoon, Setzer believes he might not have woken up at all.

"I would've probably slipped right into a coma," he said. "These two guys saved my life."

Perhaps they were just returning the favor.

............ There's no indication that Moby or Mara was ever trained to sniff out low blood sugar. They were still very young when the Setzers adopted them.But their natural scent capabilities may have contributed to their efforts to wake Setzer that December day. Megan Hellmer, vice president of Bully Paws, said the public hears a lot of negative news about pit bulls. But the dogs, when raised by responsible owners, are affectionate and bright. Several of the organization's adoptees have gone on to graduate from the Canine Good Citizen program and become therapy dogs, she said.

"These dogs are so intelligent, it's ridiculous," said Hellmer, who admits she was skeptical before owning her first pit bull four years ago. "They're very smart, very, very loyal."

This, the Setzers already know.

(Excerpt) Read more at fredericksburg.com ...


TOPICS: Local News; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: dogs; gooddog; health; pitbull; rdo
There's three pages worth of reading, including information about service dogs that have this abililty, if anyone is interested.
1 posted on 03/12/2010 10:57:53 AM PST by solosmoke
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To: Chet 99

Don’t you have an anti-dog story to post to counter this?


2 posted on 03/12/2010 11:00:53 AM PST by ConservativeMind (Hypocrisy: "Animal rightists" who eat meat & pen up pets while accusing hog farmers of cruelty.)
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To: solosmoke

My German Sheppard slept by daughter’s crib when she was suffering through her first tummy bug and ear infection. Earlier that night while I was trying to rock her to sleep, he kept coming by to check on us every 15 minutes. He was like clockwork. Dogs are such wonderful creatures.


3 posted on 03/12/2010 11:04:49 AM PST by MissEdie (America went to the polls on 11-4-08 and all we got was a socialist thug and a dottering old fool.)
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To: ConservativeMind

I got one. It was raining last night and one of my lazy dogs refused to go out. In the morning I found some nuggets by the basement back door.

He was no fool, he was a little stinker.

How’s that for an anti-dog story?

Can’t post on cats though, the wife is the reason I have them at all. Vile evil creatures, but more than once I’ve caught them looking at the monitor when I type. Type the wrong thing and the next thing you know they throw up on your side of the bed in the middle of the night. :-0


4 posted on 03/12/2010 11:08:58 AM PST by IrishCatholic (No local Communist or Socialist Party Chapter? Join the Democrats, it's the same thing!)
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To: solosmoke

Man’s Best Friend PING!


5 posted on 03/12/2010 11:12:48 AM PST by NMEwithin
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To: solosmoke; Chet 99

How dare you post a positive happy story about Pitt Bulls..
I am telling chet99 on you..:)


6 posted on 03/12/2010 11:13:20 AM PST by GSP.FAN (These are the times that try men's souls.)
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To: solosmoke

So, do dogs have souls?


7 posted on 03/12/2010 11:15:15 AM PST by James C. Bennett
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To: solosmoke

He’s lucky the pitt bulls didn’t decide they were hungry.


8 posted on 03/12/2010 11:16:34 AM PST by equalitybeforethelaw
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To: GSP.FAN

This is a typical dawg thing, looking after their people...
My Standard Poodle, Emma, will push her muzzle on my arm if she thinks I am up too late on the computer...


9 posted on 03/12/2010 11:17:36 AM PST by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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To: solosmoke
A pic of the killer Pit Bulls.....
10 posted on 03/12/2010 11:19:03 AM PST by GSP.FAN (These are the times that try men's souls.)
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To: MissEdie

I broke my ankle in February. I was feeding the horses and slipped in the mud. My Great Dane let me pull myself up by her collar and stood solid while I used her to get back on the 4 wheeler. She followed me to the house and stood beside me so I could get off, using her for balance. I lowered myself to the ground using her collar. I had a few steps to drag myself up. She couldn’t help me but kept the other dogs from getting too close. Love those Danes.


11 posted on 03/12/2010 11:22:16 AM PST by Himyar
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To: BigEdLB

Yep i got 2 huskies and you do not get into the house unless i say it is ok to the dogs..


12 posted on 03/12/2010 11:25:26 AM PST by GSP.FAN (These are the times that try men's souls.)
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To: James C. Bennett
Maybe they do and maybe they don't.

But, All Dogs Go To Heaven.

13 posted on 03/12/2010 11:31:53 AM PST by Knitebane (Happily Microsoft free since 1999.)
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To: solosmoke
I'm wondering if it was feeding time.

≤]B^)

14 posted on 03/12/2010 11:32:48 AM PST by Erasmus (Give to the Antonio Janigro College Fund; a strong bow is a terrible thing to waste.)
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To: IrishCatholic

ROTFLMAO! Thanks for the laugh. I always need a good laugh.


15 posted on 03/12/2010 11:44:02 AM PST by abigailsmybaby
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To: James C. Bennett
do dogs have souls?

"You think dogs will not be in heaven? I tell you, they will be there long before any of us." Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)

Until one has loved an animal, part of their soul remains un awakened.

16 posted on 03/12/2010 11:45:28 AM PST by MosesKnows (Love many, Trust few, and always paddle your own canoe)
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To: MizSterious; Kokojmudd; brytlea; Darnright; Sensei Ern; sangrila; rattrap; dervish; sandalwood; ...

Woof


17 posted on 03/12/2010 11:46:07 AM PST by kanawa
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To: BigEdLB

I have a basset that sits by my chair and whines incessantly until I logoff. “You’ve been on there long enough. Shut that thing OFF.”


18 posted on 03/12/2010 11:46:39 AM PST by abigailsmybaby
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To: Chet 99
Megan Hellmer, vice president of Bully Paws, said the public hears a lot of negative news about pit bulls. But the dogs, when raised by responsible owners, are affectionate and bright.


Hey dingus....do you get that????
19 posted on 03/12/2010 11:54:17 AM PST by rottndog (WOOF!!!)
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To: James C. Bennett
"So, do dogs have souls?"

I'm of the opinion that "souls" are uniquely human, and the definition of human and soul may as well be interchangeable. As CS Lewis said, "You don't have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body.”

Having said that, I believe that all elements of creation are imbued with a "spirit." The Monks of New Skete, in one of their fine tomes on dogs considered this question...

"Do the bonds of relationship extend beyond this life?
We have no proof, one way or another. But there is a depth
to our experience that awakens faith, faith that in the mysterious
character of life ultimately nothing of real value will ever be lost.
OUR CLOSEST RELATIONSHIPS,
BOTH WITH HUMANS AND WITH DOGS,
SOMEHOW POINT BEYOND THEMSELVES,
LEADING US TO HOPE THAT THERE IS INDEED
SOMETHING OF THE ETERNAL PRESENT IN THEM.


- The Monks of New Skete

20 posted on 03/12/2010 11:55:41 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: James C. Bennett

I don’t know. But if my dogs can’t come, I don’t want to go.


21 posted on 03/12/2010 11:56:14 AM PST by wolfpat (Moderate=Clueless)
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To: wolfpat
I think this guy agrees with you...

22 posted on 03/12/2010 11:58:51 AM PST by rottndog (WOOF!!!)
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To: abigailsmybaby

LOL my golden just snores.


23 posted on 03/12/2010 11:59:17 AM PST by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: solosmoke

My kitty who we lost 3 weeks ago would do this to me when he knew my blood sugar was low. I have a unique problem because mine will go into the single digits before I get to the point where I can’t do for myself.


24 posted on 03/12/2010 12:09:24 PM PST by chris_bdba
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To: kanawa; TheMom; humblegunner; Allegra; thackney; stevie_d_64

Great story and thanks for the ping!


25 posted on 03/12/2010 12:17:38 PM PST by Eaker (Where I'm from, "Gang Colors" is Realtree and Mossy Oak. You know what I'm saying hoss. Rule.308.)
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To: solosmoke; kanawa

Thanks for posting.

My last pit used to alert and run over when my breathing changed. I always thought she would be great for a SIDS alert dog.


26 posted on 03/12/2010 12:23:06 PM PST by dervish (I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself)
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To: kanawa

Thanks for the ping!
Swiper usually wakes me up in an emergency by dry heaving so loudly it shakes the whole house. It’s like a stuccato hurricane.


27 posted on 03/12/2010 12:34:43 PM PST by LongElegantLegs ( I have nothing better to do than sit around all night watching a lunatic not turn into a werewolf.)
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To: IrishCatholic
Can’t post on cats though, the wife is the reason I have them at all. Vile evil creatures, but more than once I’ve caught them looking at the monitor when I type. Type the wrong thing and the next thing you know they throw up on your side of the bed in the middle of the night. :-0

Now THAT'S funny!

28 posted on 03/12/2010 12:40:26 PM PST by misharu (US Congress = children without adult supervision.)
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To: solosmoke
If you think this:

Even before the incident in December, Mara and Moby had stuck close to Setzer. They still do.

"When I lie down, they like to get as close to me as possible," he said. "Mara likes to get up on the pillow and lay next to my head. Moby likes to lie down full-length beside me."

is bad, just try living with my 85 lb. Black Lab/Pit cross. He doesn't just believe in sleeping close to me; he tries to push me out of bed every nignt. Will no one help me???

29 posted on 03/12/2010 12:45:21 PM PST by libstripper
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To: kanawa; All
Speaking of faithful friends....

My 13 year old Rottie, Candy, is really starting to show her age. She doesn't walk well any more, and does little more than sleep all day. She still shows some feistiness, and still vigorously enforces the ‘Hands Are For Petting Dogs’ rule when she's not sleeping.

Over the past few months, she has developed a bladder control problem....sometimes she will just leak all over the floor, and not know it. It doesn't happen much, and maybe it is just urinary tract infections now and again.

But now she has started having the same issue with bowel movements. Twice now it seems she had the urge to go and got up to go outside, only to leave a trail along the floor going out the door. I don't know if she is just too uncomfortable to get up and just waits until it's too late, or she just doesn't realize how bad she has to go.

Either way, my wife and I think that her time may be short. I would hate to let her go before her time, however. I am asking for opinions on what I should do. Maybe there is some medication for this condition??? (fingers crossed)

Any input would be greatly appreciated.

30 posted on 03/12/2010 5:29:59 PM PST by rottndog (WOOF!!!)
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To: MizSterious; Kokojmudd; brytlea; Darnright; Sensei Ern; sangrila; rattrap; dervish; sandalwood; ...

Woof to Post #30


31 posted on 03/12/2010 5:42:22 PM PST by kanawa
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To: rottndog

Look into various herbals for inflammation and joint pain, there are some good ones, no need to list them out in detail right now, but I can if you’re interested.. Get her on Omega-3, that will help with mobility too.

From a veterinary medicine standpoint, Metacam was a godsend for my elderly Lab. But, there are potential complications with a small percentage of dogs as far as NSAIDs like Metacam, so you have to be very cautious and observant when beginning treatment. Follow the instructions to the letter, make sure you have a day off when you start, and do not mix any other NSAIDs or aspirin with it, period.

As far as the incontinence, you can put her on a diet with less filler and no grain, which will make her stool less voluminous and less frequent, and there are other health benefits to such a high protein diet as well.

There are medications for incontinence in dogs, too, and there are means of accomodating it above and beyond medication. She’s been there for you for a very long time, be there for her. If she’s getting close to the end of her life, you’ll know. Doesn’t sound as if she’s there.


32 posted on 03/12/2010 5:44:46 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: solosmoke

Thanks for posting this...we love our spoiled lovable pit puppy...


33 posted on 03/12/2010 5:55:11 PM PST by mom4melody
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To: rottndog

I see by your profile page that you’re in California; You might give a pet chiropractor a try. I know, it sounds ridiculous, but there may be some kind of alignment issue, especially with a big, heavy dog like a Rottweiler, that’s interefering with her ability to feel her bladder/pelvis.
Worth a shot.


34 posted on 03/12/2010 5:59:23 PM PST by LongElegantLegs ( I have nothing better to do than sit around all night watching a lunatic not turn into a werewolf.)
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To: rottndog

Good luck with your pup.

I hope you get some good advice here.


35 posted on 03/12/2010 6:05:15 PM PST by Eaker (Where I'm from, "Gang Colors" is Realtree and Mossy Oak. You know what I'm saying hoss. Rule.308.)
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To: RegulatorCountry; rottndog

I had an old black lab. Her name was Katie Scarlett (May she rest in peace). I was a week away from a vet visit for her severe arthritis that was gonna cost me $450.

The Saturday before the vet visit, I took her fishing with me. Long story short, she got into a hornets nest. She never felt a thing. Sat there with the ball in her mouth with a thousand hornets on her, with that silly look on her face.

From that day forward, she never limped again, till the day she died 7 years later.


36 posted on 03/12/2010 6:14:04 PM PST by Vigilantcitizen
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To: solosmoke

I’ve got a diabetic friend whose labs do this same thing when his sugar gets low.


37 posted on 03/12/2010 6:16:19 PM PST by Vigilantcitizen
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To: solosmoke

I’ve never been a fan of pit bulls, but this is a great story. I never cease to be amazed at the apparent sensory capabilities of animals, especially service dogs. There must be a smell or something that they can detect. I’ve read too about dogs that have been trained to detect cancer as well. It’s hard to fathom how that’s possible.

I suppose that your whole body chemistry eventually shows up in your skin... provided the detection equipment is sensitive enough to detect it.


38 posted on 03/12/2010 6:26:48 PM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: rottndog

Many spayed females start to lose urinary control as they age.

Hormone supplements can correct this. They use Diethylstilbesterone (DES) weekly or even sometimes monthly and it works wonders. My female was on it for the last several years of her life. No side effects since very low dose.

Bowel is often associated with nerve damage in the spine chord from disc problems. If she has trouble walking that may be the cause. Anti-inflammatories like Rimadyl can help by reducing inflammation and pressure on the spine..


39 posted on 03/12/2010 7:21:39 PM PST by dervish (I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself)
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To: dervish; rottndog

Rimadyl is another NSAID like Metacam. It can do wonders, but again there are potential side effects in a small percentage of dogs that can be severe to fatal. Do a web search and you’ll find all sorts of horror stories. I strongly suspect that these poor people are looking for someone to blame for their own inattention.

It’s a godsend for arthritic, older dogs, the vast majority of which have no trouble with it. If you decide to take this route, go in with your eyes open, take a day off to start her on the regimen, be very observant, and if there is any confusion or especially blood in the urine or stool, stop treatment and get her to a vet immediately.

My Lab was down and couldn’t get up on his own. Within fifteen minutes of his first dose of Metacam, he was up and walking around unaided. It really helped him. Scared me to death, giving him that first dose, though. He never had any adverse reaction.


40 posted on 03/13/2010 3:21:50 AM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: Vigilantcitizen

Aww, poor baby. Glad she benefitted from her ordeal. Insect stings like that cause a histamine reaction. Arthritis is an inflammatory condition that can respond to antihistamine. I have no idea how that might have worked, but the answer is in there somewhere.


41 posted on 03/13/2010 3:33:51 AM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: solosmoke

BTTT

thanks all for the good info you share on pups.. I am still learning with my two pups (rescues & about 4.5 years old)


42 posted on 03/13/2010 6:58:39 AM PST by DollyCali (Don't tell God how big your storm is...Tell the storm how big your God is!)
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